verb (used with object), tear-gassed, tear-gas·sing.
- to subject to tear gas.
- a gas that makes the eyes smart and water, thus producing a temporary blindness, used in modern warfare, to quell riots, etc.
- any one of a number of gases or vapours that make the eyes smart and water, causing temporary blindness; usually dispersed from grenades and used in warfare and to control riotsAlso called: lacrimator
- A gas that causes irritation of the eyes and profuse tearing.